28 February 2024

Cool in the Shade

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2021
Spotted Towhee, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 22 June 2021.
Spotted Towhee.

We had a nice hike this morning, Captain Jack and I. Early, but not too early. Warm, but not too warm. (In fact, the air stirred nice and cool and sweet in the shady green places.) Still just the resident birds about, plus a flyover by four Cliff Swallows. Buntings and towhees, many finches. Gnatcatchers.

Magpies and robins and doves in the neighborhood. Temps didn’t reach 100° (F), though—only 98° or 99°.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 7:05 a.m. (8:05 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Black-chinned Hummingbird
2. Song Sparrow (v)
3. Lazuli Bunting
4. Spotted Towhee
5. Rock Pigeon*
6. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
7. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
8. House Finch**
9. Cliff Swallow
10. Black-headed Grosbeak
11. Black-throated Gray Warbler (v)
12. Pine Siskin (v)
13. Black-billed Magpie* (v)
14. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay


15, Eurasian Collared-dove
16. European Starling
17. California Quail
18. House Sparrow
19. Mourning Dove


Rock Squirrel

(v) Voice only
*Also elsewhere
**Voice only elsewhere

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